A teen from Arizona has made a mystical recovery after being struck by a bolt of lightning which ceased his heart.
13-year-old Josiah Wiedman was strolling home in the rain when he said he “felt this burst of heat, then everything went dark”.
The strike of lightning knocked the teenager to the ground where he struck his head and was left unconscious.
While the lightning did stop Josh’s heart, the electricity was not robust enough to damage his organs.
He too suffered some injuries to his leg but otherwise has sustained no long-term damage.
A neighbor performed CPR until paramedics came to transport the boy to Phoenix Children’s Hospital where he arrived in critical condition.
“Dang, I survived it,” Josiah told reporters. “I was dead for, like, 15 minutes. Dang. I beat death!”
Josiah’s mother remarked he was carrying his skateboard in the rain and believes it may have taken the primary force of the strike.
Dr. Craig Egan from Phoenix Children’s said he had never seen a patient recover so rapidly after being struck by lightning.
“I feel like I’m Superman right now,” said Josiah.
The odds of becoming a lightning strike victim in the United States in any one year is 1 in 700,000.
The odds of being struck by a lightning bolt in your lifetime is 1 in 3,000.
Lightning is equipped to kill people (3,696 deaths were recorded in the United States between 1959 & 2003) or cause cardiac arrest.
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